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More landmine explosions in N Mali -
This time between Kidal and the airport

2 aid workers hurt in landmine blast in Mali | News24
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Drone war in NE Mali
French, Mali troops kill 10 suspected Islamist militants - chicagotribune.com
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The Guardian/Le Monde on the situation in NE Mali.
Jihadists return to northern Mali a year after French intervention | World news | Guardian Weekly
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No more red beard

The bloke implicated in kidnapping Algerian diplomats in Gao in April 2012, Omar Ould Hamaha, aka red beard, has been killed by French forces in the Amettetai Valley, Kidal region. Drones at work by all accounts.

French kill jihadist commander in Mali | News24
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Nearly a month old, but have not seen this bit of news picked up anywhere... :

Algerian army confiscate 40 missiles near Libyan border | Shanghai Daily
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News from nothern Mali
http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/mali.../20140328.aspx

The French now have a permanent base in Tessalit, and a presence of 1600 troops. This is quite a change for the Sahara.
Using drones for surveillance and helicopter gunships for attack. Partnering with the Americans.
Tuaregs are fractioning again along tribal lines, idnan vs ifoghas.
Algeria headed for presidential elections April 17 with the ailing Bouteflika running for a fourth term, have sent 100,000 troops to the southern and eastern borders. Perhaps they will finally come to accept the fact that Morocco is not their main enemy.

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French raid near Timbuktu to free the aid workers

BBC News - French troops free aid workers kidnapped in northern Mali
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